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The Department of English offers the Master of Arts degree. Its inception in 1964 makes it the oldest Master’s program at Gannon. The program is characterized by its range of offerings and flexibility of requirements.

The Department has five graduate teaching assistantships. Competition for these positions is intense, and applications must be completed by mid-February. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions or the Director of the Graduate English Program for more information.
Program Outcomes
The Graduate Program in English is designed for the professional student of letters seeking preparation for doctoral study in the discipline, for teachers of English who desire increased general competency, and for those in business and industry seeking professional growth or personal enrichment. The program is intended to expand the student’s knowledge of linguistic and critical theory, composition and rhetoric, literary history, the development of literary genres, and major and minor writers of all periods. Additionally, the program is designed to refine students’ responses to literature and language in use, sharpen their critical judgment, and develop their extended knowledge and expanded abilities into more effective writing, speaking, and teaching.
Graduate Assistantships
The Graduate English Program offers five Teaching Assistantships. Qualified candidates receive remission of tuition and fees plus a modest stipend. Working with the guidance of senior faculty, teaching assistants usually teach two sections of freshman composition each semester or will work in the University's Writing Center.

Students must be admitted to graduate school, have at least a Bachelor's degree in English or 24 credits in English and maintain a B average. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Rutland (814) 871-7532 or [email protected] Interested students can apply by completing and submitting the assistantship application by February 3, 2015.





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